Western Roving Trail Corps- Project Leader

Job Description

Conservation Begins Here.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire young adults for the Western Roving Conservation Corps program.  

Program Dates: ­ 5/13/2019 – 9/28/2019
Training Dates: ­ 4/22/2019 - 5/3/2019 (mandatory paid training) 

Primary Responsibilities:

The Western Roving team will travel to different federal agency field sites around the Western United States completing work projects at each site, potentially including Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, Mount Rainier National Park, and Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forest (exact projects and sites subject to change). Projects may include: trail work, wildland fire fuels reduction, wilderness restoration, data surveys, facilities maintenance, fence construction or repair, and invasive species monitoring and/or removal.  Applicants of this project should be prepared for difficult terrain with a wide range of weather conditions. 

Field-life is rugged, and while in the field, members should expect to live without electricity, running water, and cell phone reception; additionally, while serving in the field, this program is alcohol free. The crew will typically have 3-5 days off between projects. The crew’s housing will vary depending on the options available at their project sites. Members should be prepared to camp for much of this program.

Specifically, the Crew Leader will:

  • Act as a Crew Supervisor, by facilitating teamwork, managing field-based tasks, and guiding crew dynamics
  • Serve as an Advisor, by training members in technical conservation work skills, mentoring personal and professional development, and teaching environmental stewardship
  • Act as a Project Manager, by communicating with agency park partners, ensuring successful and timely completion of work projects, and upholding a positive representation of SCA
  • Perform tasks as a Program Administrator, by organizing logistics, completing documentation, managing a budget, and communicating with SCA staff


  • Experience working with youth or young adults 18-25 years of age, teaching or environmental education a plus
  • Experience with conservation work skills or related skills preferred – i.e. trail maintenance, trail construction, habitat restoration, chainsaw, carpentry, landscaping, and gardening
  • Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 8 hours per day, exposed to the elements and most occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more
  • Current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification required by the start of training (WFR preferred) 
  • Chainsaw or Crosscut saw certification is a plus
  • Backcountry living experience is a plus
  • Must be able to attend Crew Leader training: 4/22/2019 - 5/3/2019
  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
  • Must have ability to legally work in the US
  • Must have a valid driver’s license for 3+ years and MVR that meets SCA standards
  • Must be able to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards

Compensation: $600/week total salary, paid training

SCA is an EOE dedicated to workforce diversity.
For more information about SCA, visit us at www.theSCA.org

To Apply

Click Login or Sign Up. Create a profile, complete the basic application and then select the Leader Application when prompted. Please be sure to upload your cover letter, resume & 2 references. Once your application is complete, you MUST email [email protected] with the position of interest listed in the subject line. This is the only way for us to know your application has been submitted.

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Job Location: 
Roving - Western United States
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1 - 2 years
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